For a charity that brings together and supports vulnerable people, the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak is a serious problem. Oxfordshire based The Archway Foundation works with lonely, mostly elderly people, many of whom suffer also from physical and mental health disabilities. But the rapid spread of the virus has forced a rethink on how it delivers … Continue reading Coronavirus: reconfiguring services to support vulnerable people
Your overall approach to fundraising Fundraising is a fundamental part of charity work. Not only is it vital to your particular aims, but how you go about your fundraising can impact on future success. To write this article, I’ve used a number of key points taken from the excellent NCVO publication Telling A Better Story … Continue reading Making the most of your fundraising message
There can't be many of us in the voluntary sector who haven't spent time in a poorly run meeting. But I doubt it is a problem unique to any particular industry. Indeed, employees generally are said to waste up to 13 complete days a year in unproductive meetings. But why is this the case? After all, … Continue reading Could that meeting be any more boring?
What a shambles. The government has released another tranche of papers on what to expect if there is no deal, but the shape of a final outcome is still no clearer. Yet it’s the biggest and most significant event in decades. Undoing almost 50 years of EU membership will affect almost every aspect of our … Continue reading Shouldn’t the voluntary sector be making calls for a final say?
Every fundraiser knows the art of raising money is through the stories we tell. But how long the story lasts is not always so easy to establish. One thing is for sure, whether that interaction lasts a moment, a decade or a lifetime rests on how we manage each relationship. The Institute of Fundraising East … Continue reading Lasting Relationships: IoF East Midlands Conference
This article first appeared on the Green Pepper blog. Among the usual Facebook posts about silly pets, tasty meals and holidays are those showing friends and family having fun. But what if your great night out was caught on video? A laugh yes, but maybe not so funny if your drunken antics were seen online … Continue reading Five Steps to Avoid a Social Media Meltdown
By Guest Blogger: David Green, Green Pepper Consulting So it looks like a hard Brexit is still the government’s goal, or failing that, no deal at all. Come what may, it seems their desire to stop British and European citizens moving freely across EU borders trumps everything else. Never mind that the 23 June referendum … Continue reading More noise needed from VCSE organisations over Brexit
Words: David Green Well-being requires more than just fresh fruit. It should be embedded into your organisational culture... So morale is low, sick leave has increased, and there is a lack of trust between staff and the management team. As a relatively new CEO you have taken steps to secure future funding, but you can … Continue reading Bringing well-being to the workplace
So you want to make a difference, but need trust or grant funding to get your project off the ground. A good place to start is with one or more of the many funding organisations, of which the Big Lottery is perhaps the most well-known. There are a wide range of trust and similar … Continue reading What you should know before applying for trust or grant funding
Have you ever regretted sending that last Tweet? Someone I know was offered a really high profile job. Days later however, the content of a rather unfortunate late night Tweet resulted in the offer being withdrawn. Careless? Certainly, but costly consequences like this, whether accidental or from deliberate misuse of social media, are nothing new. … Continue reading A thoughtless Tweet could cost you your job